With his cheerful music and welcoming demeanor, country music artist Brandon Ray lit up rooms and brought joy to patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado, both at their bedsides and during a stop at the hospital’s Seacrest Studios. The visit was possible thanks to Musicians On Call’s ongoing partnership with Southwest Airlines’ Medical Transportation Grant Program. This program provides complimentary air travel to patients and their families to receive life-saving or life-changing medical care.
“When Brandon Ray came in and sang a song for the kids here it was a packed house and all the kids at the microphone started singing along with him,” said Chris Coleman of Children’s Hospital Colorado, “That’s maybe something the kids will remember that day as opposed to whatever news they might have gotten, or a procedure or a shot. They’ll be humming that tune rather than thinking about the tough stuff that they went through.”
Since 2017 Southwest Airlines has been a proud sponsor of Musicians On Call. They have provided our organization with air travel and funds to help us bring live and recorded music to healthcare facilities across the country. This year Musicians On Call and Southwest Airlines brought music to the bedsides of patients at partner hospitals in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles.
“Thanks to the support of Southwest Airlines, Musicians On Call has been able to deliver the healing power of music to more people. Music can connect us all and plays an impactful role in the healing process,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President, “We’re proud that our volunteers have performed for over 675,000 patients, families and caregivers.”
“The partnership with Musicians On Call is a beautiful way to bring music to patients and put a smile on their face,” said Tena Griffith of Southwest Airlines.